If anyone ever asks me to make plans on my first day off after a night shift, I always tell them the same thing… “I try not to commit to anything on my first day…”
The reason is simple. I can never predict what my recovery time after coming off my night shifts will be like. I leave work around 6:30am after having been there for 12 hours. I’m home around 7am. I’m usually passed out by 7:30am. I always say that I TRY to get up around 1pm. That’s approximately 5-6 hours, which should be enough. I’ll be sluggish through the day. I might be a little more cranky than usual. But I’ll be functional.
Something happened yesterday that isn’t unheard of, but has probably only happened once or twice before.
I slept the entire day.
And when I say the entire day… I mean the entire day. I woke up briefly to use the bathroom, and to call my ex when I noticed that it was 5:30pm and I was not going to be picking up the kids. Then I fell back asleep. I did manage to drag myself out of bed around 9pm because my tummy was growling, so I made a small meal. Any worries that I had that I might not be able to fall back asleep were quickly put to rest. I crawled into bed around 10pm, and fell back asleep for the night… waking up a couple of times to look at the clock, and finally forcing myself to get out of bed at 5am. 20 hours of sleep should probably be enough to get by, I would think! Yet I still feel like I could go nap.